The Windham boys’ and girls’ ski team competed in the Southwestern Maine Activities Association contest at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton on Friday, February 8. The SMAAs are the final race every team member can participate in; coaches then pick their top six racers to attend the state competition.
The first race of the day was giant slalom. The athletes had great conditions, considering it had rained all morning. The sun was out, and everyone was in great spirits.
The girls did a great job with everyone giving it their all.
Freshman Sarah Hare placed first overall with a combined time of 1:27.37. After her first run she had the lead by two seconds which is very impressive in any race, especially being a freshman racing against seniors.
Senior Naomi Debrosse placed 18th overall with a combined time of 1:47.91.
Senior and first-time racer, Miranda Lewis placed 26th. Junior Madelynn McGary placed 33rd. Senior and first-time racer, Riley Gardner placed 34th. Freshman and first-time racer, Lauren DeLuca placed 35th. Senior Avery Rolfe placed 36th.
The girls placed 5th out of 6th teams overall in the giant slalom.
There were only two boys racing, which was not enough to place as a team. Junior Benjamin White had a great run finishing 24th and Junior Owen Flibbert placed 40th.
The second half of the day was the slalom race. Freshman Sarah Hare had another great two runs and placed third overall with a combined time of 2:17.11.
Senior Naomi Debrosse placed 21st overall. Captain and Senior Cordelia Inman placed 26th. Senior Avery Rolfe placed 30th. Senior Riley Gardner placed 32nd. Freshman Lauren DeLuca placed 37th. Unfortunately, Junior Madelynn McGary fell on her second run, but was able to finish 38th overall.
For the boys’ team, Junior Benjamin White placed 22nd overall and Junior Owen Flibbert placed 38th.
“You can really see the improvement of the racers from the first practice to SMAAs, it’s a great indicator for how they will do at states. We are very lucky that states this year are held at Shawnee Peak. The athletes have been training and racing there all season and even got to preview what the giant slalom course will look like,” observed coach Emily Atwood.